Luke McCall of Chaparral had a good feeling when he let his shot go from the top of the left wing face-off circle. McCall’s shot in overtime settled into the high corner of the goal to give Chap a …
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Luke McCall of Chaparral had a good feeling when he let his shot go from the top of the left wing face-off circle.
McCall’s shot in overtime settled into the high corner of the goal to give Chap a 4-3 win over Castle View in a hockey game played on Dec. 10.
“I was just trying to get our team going and have a positive attitude on the bench,” said McCall. “I got lucky enough to bury one. I had a good suspicion it was going in. He (Castle View goalie) left the right side open and I had to take it.”
Chaparral is proving early in the season that it is not the same team as last year.
The Wolverines gave up two goals in the third period, which gave the Sabercats a 3-2 lead, but senior Alex Benson-Byrness scored late in the period to send the game into overtime.
McCall, who also had the first goal of the contest, scored again to end the game.
“It was a huge win,” said Chap coach Ryan Finnefrock. “Last year we would find a way to tie these games but we didn’t find out how to win. I just think the resilience and leadership we have is the kind that you can build upon early in the season.”
Chap (3-0) is a co-op team with players coming from Chap, Legend, Ponderosa and Elizabeth high schools.
“We’ve got to get better every game,” added Finnefrock. “There are a lot of things that we can fix and learn from but we’ve got a tight-knit group this year.”
McCall, a senior who attends Chaparral, agrees with his coach about this season’s team.
“We have a better relationship than in previous years,” he said. “We have good chemistry now. It shows that we can play all three periods and even overtime.”
Castle View, coached by Michael Dubus, is also a co-op team and saw its record dip to 1-3.
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